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The History of African American Jewelry in the United States

History of Hoops

Highlighting the history of African American jewelry and how it ties in with the historical experiences with African Americans in the United States.

Since slavery to the present, African Americans use of jewelry is a means of expression, resistance, cultural preservation, and celebration. Here is my overview of the history of African American jewelry and the popularity of hoop earrings.

Hoop earrings are deep-rooted in communities of colour and streetwear culture. Unfortunately, not everyone who wears the style acknowledge its significant cultural past and the people it originated from. The style first dates as far back to the 4th century in Africa. For some they were worn for protection and others a symbol of wealth. The hoop earring has various sizes and can be found all around the world. During slavery, hoop earrings were the only jewels that slaves were allowed to wear. The popularity for hoops arose especially during the 60’s among African-American women. This was the period of the emergence of the Black Power movement. Members of this community decided to embrace their past and origins by sporting a look that proudly displayed markers of their culture and history.

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The trend continued into the 70s thanks to disco divas such as Diana Ross. During the 80s they became larger in size taking the nickname door knockers. In early 2000s hoops became thinner and bigger. Popular RNB and pop singers wear them. The opposite trend are huggies which are smaller and cuffing the earlobe.

Fashion is inspired by different cultures, however, the issue arises when some women of colour face discrimination for choosing to wear hoops. Non-POCs who wear this style should do so mindfully and educate others on the meaningful discourse and importance regarding race. Hoops as a stylistic choice worn by women of colour should be respected. Today hoops can suite anyone. Hoops designs are limitless and are are must have of jewelry.


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Bold and Brilliant: Riss Jewels Announces Sponsorship with Sam Malone, Featuring Exclusive Men’s Jewelry Collection

As Riss Jewels celebrates its ten-year anniversary, we’re thrilled to embark on a new adventure and announce our sponsorship with the incredibly talented Sam Malone. Sam is the host of Sippinwitsammie podcast and YouTube channel. To kick off this exciting collaboration, we’re putting a spotlight on our exclusive men’s jewelry collection, blending a bold and casual style in every piece.

Riss X Sammie Collaboration
Riss X Sammie Collaboration

Embracing Elevation: The Men’s Collection

At Riss Jewels, we believe that jewelry is a form of personal expression for everyone. Our men’s collection is designed for those who appreciate the finer things in life and seek to make a statement with their accessories. From sleek bracelets to timeless chains each piece is handcrafted to exude confidence and style elevation.

Sam Malone’s Touch: A Stylish Collaboration

We’re proud to collaborate with Sam Malone, whose laid back style perfectly aligns with our commitment to effortless jewelry. Together, we’ve curated a collection that reflects the modern man’s desire to accessorize while maintaining a casual style. Expect to see Sam effortlessly styling our men’s jewelry pieces in a way that transcends trends and embraces individuality.

Behind the Design: Crafting Distinctive Pieces

Dive into the creative process as we take you behind the scenes of our men’s jewelry collection. Discover the inspiration behind each design, the choice of materials, and the craftsmanship that goes into creating pieces that seamlessly blend timeless quality with a casual flair.

Exclusive Reveals: Sam Malone x Riss Jewels

Stay tuned for exclusive reveals of Sam showcasing our men’s jewelry collection. From casual street style to polished looks for special occasions, Sam will demonstrate how our pieces seamlessly integrate into a diverse range of wardrobes. Get ready for a visual feast of bold statements and sophisticated details.

Limited-Edition Releases and Giveaways

As a token of appreciation to our community, we’ll be releasing limited-edition men’s jewelry pieces inspired by our collaboration with Sam Malone. Keep an eye out for exciting giveaways that provide you with the opportunity to own a unique and stylish accessory that embodies the essence of both our brands.

As Riss Jewels enters it’s 10 years, our collaboration with Sam sets the stage for a variety of men’s jewelry. We invite you to join our Loyalty membership and be the first to see our craftsmanship and style, as we redefine what it means to accessorize with confidence. Here’s to another year of bold choices, brilliant designs, and making statements.

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Beading for the Youth

Beading for the Youth

Riss Jewels Beading for the Youth Enrichment Program

Beading for the Youth

Jewelry and business is Riss Jewels goal. Our business interest is serving the community and providing business skills to the youth. Riss Jewels summer enrichment program will help the youth, ages 11 and up to develop a business mindset and brand establishment.

With the help from As I Plant this Seed C.E.O Ryan Harris, Riss Jewels first Beading for the Youth summer enrichment program begun. In Philadelphia 2022, we provided multiple children from different backgrounds with business and jewelry craft lessons. It is necessary for Riss Jewels to help as many young people possible. Starting the first summer program at Tree House with Ryan has motivated Riss to do more monumental things for communities and business.

If you are willing to be of any assistance, please reach out to us. We are looking forward to hearing from you and bring our knowledge to all who are inspired.

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Feather Light Weight Collection

SS22 Collection

It’s Spring! A new year for a new start. Starting with new jewelry. Riss Jewels latest collection features stylish new chain jewelry including anklets. Light and airy pieces of jewelry that make big statements. Shop bold statements like our new large hoops, gemstone beaded necklaces and lock jewelry. This Spring and Summer add some edge to your look without the heavy metal feel. Click and shop new jewelry today.

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